ANERA sponserd a feel-good evening filled with laughter, featuring a special performance by Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed! ANERA’s director of development, Hani Almadhoun, will be speaking about the current refugee crisis in Lebanon and conditions in Gaza and the West Bank, with an emphasis on the positive impact ANERA supporters have through our projects on the ground.
All proceeds will go toward projects that help Palestinian and Syrian families improve their lives and live in dignity.
This event is sponsored by Mizna!
The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit, professional and medical relief organization that represents hundreds of Syrian American medical professionals across the United States. SAMS is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives.
… . here is a link to a documentary made by NR Lindsey Smith about her works with the Syrian Refugees,
My thanks to Lindsey and SAMS and all the people who are trying to make a difference…
Dvorak is a Twin Cities physician practicing emergency room medicine. In his spare time, he volunteers at a local urban clinic serving low-income patients. Over the years, Dave has made many trips to developing countries to care for the poor and underserved. Most recently, he traveled to the Greek island of Samos to provide medical relief to Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing war and torture in their homelands. This experience inspired “Refugee Lullaby,” a moving ballad that gives voice to a father trying to explain this troubling international issue in a way a child can understand.
Notes from America: Killing an Arab! … the tragic journey of Aylan Kurdi
Killing an Arab!
“Standing on the beach
With a gun in my hand
Staring at the sea
Staring at the sand
Staring down the barrel
At the arab on the ground
I can see his open mouth
But I hear no sound…”
The song for the British band “The Cure” was inspired by Albert Camus’s novel “The Stranger” published 1946,sold millions an it caused a lot of controversy because of its title. ”Killing an Arab. However in Camus’s novel, he was dealing with existentialism, and the title “killing An Arab” was taken to reflect emptiness of life after killing a man on an Algerian beach. This how millions around the world felt after they first saw the photo of the Syrian 3 year old boy Aylan’s lifeless tiny body, washed up on the Turkish beach, his red T-shirt, blue shorts with his small shoes still intake on his tiny feet and his face down rested on the sand. Camus’s book tells the story of senseless killing of an Arab on Algerian beach. It explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd. Now, ” We all that man, we all guilty in the killing of this young boy found on the Turkish beach, his photo explored our nakedness and emptiness in our lives. This single image has captured our attention and kept millions of people very busy on social media and TV networks. The photo of Aylan has stirred public outrage and embarrassed political leaders as far away as Canada; there, the authorities had rejected an asylum application from the boy’s family, humanity was dead on arrival at the landscape of our ambivalence. The photo was like a drop of pain constantly knocking on the roof of our conscious.
These are, of course, not the first photos of suffering to carry this kind of gripping emotive outrage.
One thinks of Nick Ut’s image from 1972 of a naked nine-year-old girl fleeing from an American napalm attack on her village in Vietnam.